The Grown-Up Business Blog Helping Business Owners Solve Problems

Welcome to my Grown-Up Business blog. It’s a mixture of useful information, challenging comment, every day observations as well as some techy bits; all designed to help you grow your business into whatever you want it to be.

I love writing these for you and I’m sure you’ll find them thought-provoking, interesting and informative. Please feel free to share them with others.

I’m constantly curious: thinking, reading, learning and implementing positive change with my business coaching and mentoring. I always have lots of ideas to share with you so check back soon for new content. Why not re-read some of my older posts: they’re still relevant for today.

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    Working with Your Marketing Agency

    August 15th, 2019

    How to Get the Very Best Out of Your Marketing Agency A question for you. Why do some company’s brilliant marketing campaigns have spectacular success, whereas others spend lots of […]

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    Quick Guides to Marketing

    July 9th, 2019

    Are you baffled by marketing? Does it seem as though you’re paying out for marketing but seeing little return for the money or effort? Do you know if you’re spending […]

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    Why Businesses Should Be Obsessed With Innovation

    July 1st, 2019

    Is Your Business Obsessed With Innovation? Successful businesses are obsessed with innovation – it’s in their DNA. It’s second nature to continually look for something new that helps them grow […]

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    Raise Your Prices the Easy Way

    June 4th, 2019

    It’s a tough place to be when you know you’re under-charging and at the same time struggling to put your prices up?  You probably feel as though you’re stuck in […]

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    Are You Charging What You’re Worth

    May 3rd, 2019

    Are You Charging What You’re Really Worth? From my experience most people aren’t. I’m constantly told its hard to raise prices but that’s usually from people who don’t value their […]

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    80/20 Rules The World

    April 16th, 2019

    Understanding the 80/20 rule doesn’t just apply to business. It’s everywhere; time management, effort & results, growing peas, relationships, project management, customers, employees, products, etc. you name it and the […]

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    Less Words Equals Better Communication

    April 1st, 2019

    When we talk to others, we generally get to the point quickly; not every time but most of the time. And I’ve found that we use as few words as […]

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    Are You Looking After Your Employees

    February 26th, 2019

    I’m always keen to help those that help themselves and so when Jamie Costello, a business student from Manchester asked if he could write a blog for my site I […]

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    The Ultimate Guide to Marginal Gains and The 1% Principle

    December 9th, 2018

    The Ultimate Guide to Marginal Gains and The 1% Principle. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marginal Gains in One Place

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    Quick Effective Planning

    November 25th, 2018

    Every 90 days, successful businesses regroup, reflect & refocus. They update their plan, their priorities and budget and then tell everyone. Everyone knows they should have a plan but they never seem to […]